BREAKING NEWS: Injured tourists and BBC film crew forced to flee as Mount Etna erupts
At least three volcanologists were on the volcano when the explosion occurred just before noon, reports say
BBC’s global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, escaped the eruption
‘Pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam,’ she tweeted
By SARAH DEAN
16 March 2017
Several tourists have reportedly been injured as Mount Etna erupted for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava nearly 650 feet into the sky above Sicily.
A BBC journalist and camera crew were caught in the huge explosion on Thursday.
‘Lava flow mixed with steam – caused huge explosion – group pelted with boiling rocks and steam,’ the BBC’s global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, tweeted.
She reported an estimated eight people suffered head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises.